Everglades Holiday Park
Everglades Holiday Park
21940 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33332
Phone: 954-357-8868, ext. 0 (Markham Park & Target Range)

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Park Ranked Among Top Three Florida Attractions

This 39-acre park, long nicknamed the "Gateway to the Everglades," is located at the western end of Griffin Road, off U.S. 27 in Water Conservation Area 3. The park offers airboat rides, boat ramps, fishing, wildlife viewing, food concessions, boat rentals, alligator shows, and a campground (currently under renovation).

There is currently no weekend and holiday gate entrance fee for Everglades Holiday Park.
 

rental boats at Everglades Holiday Park          

 

Swamp 

 

Airboat Rides
Experience the Florida Everglades from large-capacity airboats featuring covered compartments that protect passengers from the sun and weather. Experienced guides provide information on the history of the Everglades and point out the flora and fauna along the way, including alligators, fish, and resident and migratory birds. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. Each approximately one-hour airboat tour concludes back at the park with an alligator show. Call 954-434-8111 for fees, reservations, and other information, or visit EvergladesHolidayPark.com.
 
Boat Rentals and Ramps
Fourteen-foot johnboats are available from sunrise to sundown for fishing or Everglades sightseeing. A boat launch with ramps is also available for those with their own boats, and free parking is available. Call 954-434-8111 for reservations and additional information, or visit EvergladesHolidayPark.com.
Airboat dock 


Deli/Food Concession
A takeout window offers a variety of food items, including the popular gator bites, as well as fries, burgers, sandwiches, and other selections. Picnic tables are located conveniently nearby.

Fishing
Fish from our docks or from a boat. Catch-and-release encouraged. State of Florida fishing licenses are required and are for sale on site.

Fishing Guides
Arrange for a professionally guided trip that includes the boat, rods, and artificial bait. A 36-hour advance notice is required for guided trips. Call 954-434-8111, or visit EvergladesHolidayPark.com.

General Store
Our version of a convenience store, complete with prepackaged snack foods, sodas, beer, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, boating gear, ice, and other items. Bait and tackle and fishing and game licenses are also for sale here, as well as tickets for airboat rides. Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
 
Gift/Souvenir Shop
A shop adjacent to the general store offers a variety of merchandise for purchase, including T-shirts, jewelry, and novelties such as alligator teeth and other gator-related items.

RV Campground
Temporarily closed until renovations have been completed. Contact Markham Park at 954-357-8868 for next closest County campground (approximately 8.7 miles/21 minutes away).

Science Eye
This Southwest Ranches-based science and environmental education company operates its “Lab Shack” at the edge of the park. Since 1985 Science Eye has taught more than half a million students and teachers about the Everglades and many other topics. For more information, call 954-680-7977, or visit ScienceEye.com. Science Eye offers free programs at the park on the third Saturday of the month, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Special Events, Tournaments, and Shelter Use
Contact the park office at 954-357-8101. Advance approval and permit required.

 

water plants and walkway at Everglades Holiday Park 

 

dock at Everglades Holiday Park 

 

airboat at Everglades Holiday Park 

A Little History
The property that now makes up Everglades Holiday Park was deeded to Broward County in 1964 by Davie Farm Lands, with the stipulation that the sole use of the land be for “public recreation purposes.” The following year the county entered a long-term agreement to lease the site to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which has since sublet the park’s concession services to private vendors, including, since 1992, Bridges Everglades LLC. On June 3, 2012, management of the park officially transferred from FWC back to Broward County, which now operates the park through its Parks and Recreation Division, with Bridges remaining as the primary concessionaire.

Wildlife
This park is home to wildlife. If you have questions regarding wildlife or wish additional information, please call the park number above. The following safety tips are recommended for our guests: 1. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid the water's edge. 2. Alligators, snakes, and other animals live in this area. 3. Do not approach, feed, or taunt alligators, snakes, or other wildlife. 4. Pets, where permitted, must be on a leash no longer than six feet. 5. No swimming or wading except in designated areas. 6. Use common sense while in this park.